Aloe distans “Gold Teeth”
Aloe distans — also known as Aloe distans “Gold Teeth” — has a procumbent growth habit, preferring to grow along the ground and in between rocks. New plants will grow upwards for about two feet and then bend over and start growing along the ground. Aloe distans is a great plant for rock gardens. Leaves are very thick and short and develop bright yellow spines.
Aloe distans is an easily grown, spreading aloe. It forms small rosettes which sucker and branch across the top of the soil to fill in areas. In a shadier location, the leaves are bluish-green and the teeth are white, but in stronger sun Aloe distans’ leaves take on bronzy tinges and the teeth become bright yellow gold.
The triangular leaves are about 5″ long and 3″ wide forming a snaking rosette that grows across the soil. This aloe has coral tubular flowers held on branched, short stems above the foliage making quite a display in a large planting. The flowers are densely grouped at the ends of the flower stalks, in whorls with flattened tops.
Aloe distans is a good choice for rock, succulent and cactus gardens, and even better, makes a great fire-proof ground cover. Aloe distans’ flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds and it would makes a nice addition to a xeriscape wildlife garden.
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Names and Synonyms: Aloe perfoliata var. brevifolia, Aloe brevifolia, Aloe mitriformis var. angustior, Aloe mitriformis var. brevifolia
Common Names: Jewelled Aloe, Golden Tooth Aloe
Origin: The west coast of South Africa from Danger Point north to St. Helena Bay.
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Height: up to 12″
Cold Tolerance: 20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high
Light Requirement: Full sun to light shade in sunny, hot interior deserts
Water needs: Extremely drought tolerant but light summer irrigation is fine
Uses: A good choice for rock, succulent and cactus gardens. Also makes a great fire-proof ground cover. This plant’s flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds and it makes a nice addition to a xeriscape wildlife garden.
Propagation: Replant offsets and collect seeds after flowering.
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